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Depression a big issue for female soccer players, Petke settles his lawsuit.

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Puget Sound

Our amateur South Sound chefs have five home-cooked recipes for you to try while you stay home. What We’re Cooking - We R Tacoma

Wales international said her recovery from ACL injury took longer than expected. Jess Fishlock interview: I feared opiate addiction after my ACL injury | The Telegraph

MLS / USL

Santos Laguna and Atlas owner Alejandro Irarragorri is adamant that MLS offers an example of sustainable growth for Liga MX. Liga MX, MLS joint league has long-term benefits - Irarragorri | ESPN

There’s a lot that goes into an MLS road trip from a fan’s perspective, but some stick out more than others. Fan poll: Seattle, Portland own the title of best road trip in MLS | MLSsoccer.com

Petke, RSL, MLS, and league commissioner Don Garber all filed to dismiss all the claims in the lawsuit and settle out of court. Former RSL coach Mike Petke settles lawsuit against the team - The Salt Lake Tribune

NWSL / women’s soccer

From being the #1 overall NWSL draft pick to the World Cup title to being sidelined for the NWSL Championship, Davidson had a whirlwind 2019. Tierna Davidson is healthy again and ready for 2020 — whenever play resumes – Equalizer Soccer ($)

The moniker, reported in November, was a nod to the city and state’s bourbon industry, but the club is exploring other options. Proof Louisville FC — the city’s NWSL team — may get a new name

Welsh football great reckons that too much is being asked of women players. Women’s football ACL epidemic: Jess Fishlock says bosses must reduce demands on players | The Telegraph

Nearly a quarter of female footballers reported suffering depression symptoms in a global survey. Female footballers almost twice as likely to suffer depression as men | The Women’s Game

US soccer

Andonovski plans to use the delayed Olympics to his advantage. Vlatko Andonovski and the USWNT using ‘creativity’ to stay on task from a distance – The Athletic ($)

Barcelona’s Konrad de la Fuente has told ESPN the U.S. men are capable of winning a World Cup thanks to talented youngsters in Europe. de la Fuente: USMNT can win the World Cup | ESPN

New protocols for penalty kicks and free kicks were established. Panel approves college soccer rules changes to align with international competition | NCAA.com

Salcedo was involved in Operation Varsity Blues, taking $200,000 in bribes as part of the college admissions cheating scheme. Jorge Salcedo: Ex-UCLA soccer coach to plead guilty to bribery - Sports Illustrated

World soccer

With partial lifting of lockdown in some countries, when are we likely to see football return in France, Germany, Italy and Spain? When might Europe’s top leagues return from coronavirus suspension? - BBC Sport

An epidemiologist believes playing with masks could help limit spread of coronavirus. Footballers wearing masks during matches would be ‘sensible precaution’ | The Guardian

UEFA wants domestic competitions to finish by July 31 to leave August clear for continental competitions. Premier League could return by mid-June in ‘best-case scenario’ | The Guardian

The top two leagues in Sweden hope to get their seasons up and running on in mid-June with crowds in the stadiums. Sweden plans to kick off top division on 14 June with fans in stadiums | The Guardian

Italy’s 20 Serie A teams have buried their differences and unanimously agreed that they should try and complete the 2019-20 season. Serie A clubs unanimously vote to finish season with government OK

The Danish side have installed giant screens in their stadium parking lot to allow fans to watch matches from their cars when the Superliga resumes in mid-May. Midtjylland to offer fans parking tickets for big-screen Superliga experience | The Guardian

UEFA indicated that cancelled leagues would be allowed to take part in European competition next season, opening the door to ending some seasons early. Scottish Premiership season set to be called off after UEFA assurances | The Guardian

The Dutch Football Association “intends not to continue” the Eredivisie season after the national government extended a ban on major events until 1 September. Eredivisie: Dutch top flight likely to be cancelled after major events ban extended - BBC Sport

Karl Standley was ready for a hectic period culminating in Euro 2020 but work continues at the stadium and from home. Turfed out? Life as Wembley grounds manager in football’s shutdown | The Guardian

A briefly posted video of the two training together in violation of government coronavirus guidelines was the latest issue to befall Spurs personnel. Spurs' Aurier and Sissoko apologise for ignoring coronavirus guidelines | The Guardian

A team historian claims to date the club back to 1861. Crystal Palace launch plan to claim title of oldest Football League club | The Guardian

Paperwork is being finalised for the sale of Newcastle after a total agreement was found on Monday between Mike Ashley and PCP Capital Partners. New Newcastle owners target Pochettino, Allegri, Cavani - sources | ESPN

Sources close to the deal are unconcerned about the alarm bells raised by Amnesty International, feeling that the takeover is “unstoppable”. Amnesty say Premier League ‘risks being a patsy’ on Newcastle takeover | The Guardian

The proceeds will help fund fight against coronavirus, but the move also opens the way for a commercial sponsor at their rebuilt stadium. Barcelona to sell Camp Nou naming rights and give proceeds to charity | The Guardian

A six-year-old won a competition to design Pescara football club’s shirt for next season with a rainbow dolphin design. Pescara football club adopts Italian boy's shirt design - BBC News